Text: “I am (Jehovah) the true Vine, ye (true Christian believers) are the branches; he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing.”
Good morning, fruit-bearing Christian! Christ Jesus, the true Vine, has called you and I; granted us faith to believe and repentance from our sin; Redeemed us by His own Blood; and saved us for time and Eternity. Praise God it is so!
However, the Lord did not save us in such miraculous manner to just sit idly by and do nothing for Him. Never! We have been saved to serve the Lord, and woe betide all who are called with the universal call of the Gospel yet fail to bear the fruit of Christian validation! The fate of such idle professors is a sore one indeed. Beware idle professor! Things could get quite HOT!
“If a man/woman abide not in Me, he/she is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men (other worldlings) gather them, an cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6)
It has been said that there are a number of different levels of Created life: among them there is plant life; there is animal life; and there is human life. (Genesis 1:1;11-28)
All living things that were Created by the Living Lord God Almighty were created ‘…after his kind…’ - this is what I have called ‘The First Ten Commandments’.
Check this Scriptural fact out for yourself. The Lord commanded his creation TEN TIMES, to be created, ‘…after his kind…’ (Genesis 1:11;12;21;24;25)
There was to be absolutely no transmutation of the created species! Hybrids (mules, jackasses) are always born impotent, they cannot procreate. All God’s Creation live life ‘…after his kind…’ Which immediately debunks Darwin's Theory of Evolution. God created mankind - Adam & Eve - '...after his kind...'.
The plant life enjoys the nourishment of the sun, the rain, etc. but it’s experience of existence falls far short of that of the animal kingdom.
The animal kingdom in created life has a much higher level of experience of existence than that of plants - but animals know nothing of the higher human experience of life; animals cannot actually plan by reasoning power, although animals often prepare for survival by natural God-created instincts.
Natural mankind is the Lord God’s highest level of creation - we are the only species that possess reasoning powers. Yet, we are born in Adam’s fallen image, far short of Adam’s perfection, as created in the image of God (Tri-partite, three parts - body, soul, and spirit.)
“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness (fallen), after his image; and called his name Seth; and the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years; and he begat sons and daughters (all in his own fallen, image!).” (Genesis 5:3-4)
In today’s selected Bible passage, we find the Creator Lord Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, likening Himself to a Supernatural Vine. And what a true Supernatural Vine of life indeed! Praise His lovely Name! (John 10:10b)
In the natural world, branches cannot grow of themselves. Branches are put forth by the vine; they are nourished from the roots of the vine - without the vine the branches dry up, wither, and die - they are often burned as firewood.
In the Supernatural world, you and I are born of our natural parents ‘…dead in trespasses and sin…’; a body, a soul, and a DEAD SPIRIT. (Ephesians 2:1;5)
This is why we ‘…must be born again…’; we must be reborn from Above; we must have a Supernatural birth and be quickened by God the Spirit to live for Him in Christ Jesus, and by the way of His Cross Sacrifice.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he/she is a new creature; old things are passed (passing) away; behold (look), all things are become (or becoming) new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“For we (Christian believers) are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Just as the natural branches of a vine cannot come forth, grow, or be nourished of themselves - we Supernaturally birthed Christian believers cannot come forth, grow, or be nourished without the Lord God. We grow strong when we ‘…abide…’ close to Christ, the true Vine.
Thought: Is your branch of Christ’s Church a fruit-bearing branch?